The 12th of December, 1963, was the day of the declaration of independence (Uhuru), and just one year later a new country was born: the Republic of Kenya, Jamhuri ya Kenya, presided by Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. On this day this 8mm film was made in Mombasa, Kenya.
In the beginning of this film we see a lot of people come together, watching a boatshow on the water and a parade from the army and traditional dressed "warriors". Fighterjets from the Airforce of Kenya flying in formation and we asume that Mzee Jomo Kenyatta arrives by car. On a banner we can read the word "Harambee". This is Swahili and means "Working together for a common purpose". Then Mr. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the future president of the Repubic of Kenya, is passing by on the street, walking to a place to speak to the people of Kenya. We see the name "Cotts House" form Mitchell Cotts P&I Ltd. and the streetname Kenyatta Avenue appears. We have a view on the buildings from the Ottoman Bank, Woolsworth and the New Stanley Hotel and more streetshots from the buildings around Kenyatta Avenue and the people in the street, including the text "Uhuru of Kenya" Also we see a BBQ where we asume that it is Mr.Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, eating something together with other people.
This film was given to us by the Dutch family Kortekaas and was almost thrown away and lost forever. We share movies like this because we think it is important to take care of the past and prevent that historical moments, caught on film, will be lost forever. If you want to use this footage for a commercial project, we would like to ask for a donation to our foundation. So we can keep up the good work.
Credits goes to Daan Muller from HomeDVD, www.homedvd.nl, who scanned this 8mm film in stunning sharp pictures, frame by frame, with his self-made high-resolution Muller 1K framescanner and melted it together to this film.
May 15, 2012 Subject:
The first half of the video captures a Ugandan celebration
Thank for sharing this video.
I think min 0 to 9:04 captures a Ugandan celebration. The boat race is on Lake Victoria not Mombasa. At min 0:05 and 8:38 there are gentlemen wearing shirts with what looks like Kabaka Mutesa II's portrait printed on it.
I could not tell who the chief guests were. My guess is they were probably Kabaka Mutesa II (Uganda's first and only non-executive President) and Milton Obote (the first prime minister).
January 8, 2011 Subject:
50 YEARS LATTER IN KENYA
After all fan fare of hopes and dreams of a great and prosperous nation, almost 50 years after independence Kenya is still strungling to find its own direction.
There has been some progres in Kenya. However corruption, theft of public funds and impunity of elected officials and other, the country has very little to show to the world .